Author: David Chang
Publisher: Square Peg
Published Feb 2021
In 2004, Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in Manhattan's East Village. Its young chef-owner, David Chang, served ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups.
It would have been impossible to know that he would become one of the most influential chefs of his generation. Full of grace, candour, grit, and humour, Eat a Peach chronicles Chang's journey, laying bare his mistakes and feelings of otherness and inadequacy. Along the way, Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life, balancing his deep love for the kitchen with unflinching honesty about the industry's history of brutishness and its uncertain future.
An intimate account of the making of a chef, the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how success can be much harder to understand than failure.